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reetpetite

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Real beginner question here.
What is a filed reed? Aren't all reeds filed?
 

Colin the Bear

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Normally called French filed or French cut. An extra cut across the heel. If you look closely, the cut of an american or regular cut reed enters the heel with an oval shape, while a french filed reed is square across the heel.

A typical example of a french filed reed would be Vandoren blue or Rico Royal, while a regular cut reed would be Rico Orange or Vandoren Juno.

Originally French and American lays were shaped differently and the reeds were cut differently to accommodate this difference. These days mouthpieces come in a bewildering array of shapes and there's a bewildering array of reeds to to accommodate them.
 

reetpetite

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Thanks Colin the Bear,
... and I thought oboe reeds were complicated!!
 

kevgermany

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There are one or two brands available filed or normal such as d'Addario Select Jazz. I can't tell the difference in playing, but the filing makes it easier to line them up on the mouthpiece.
 

reetpetite

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Thanks kev, I've only had normal Rico reeds. I wondered if there was any difference in how they play. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to tell the difference in sound.
 

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